UCLA Headlines September 25, 2012

Going Viral to Kill Zits
A study by UCLA researchers and colleagues showing that a virus found on human skin is naturally programmed to seek out and kill bacteria that cause acne was highlighted today by WebMD, BBC News, Live Science, a Time blog, CBS News.com, ABC News.com, a Los Angeles Times blog, HealthDay News, an Examiner blog, RedOrbit, the Canadian Broadcast Corp., a Yahoo! blog, Medical Daily, Canada's QMI news agency, Britain's Press Association, Health Express, the Irish Independent, Britain's Belfast Telegraph, the Scottish Daily Record, Iran's Press TV, KCAL-Channel 9, KCBS-Channel 2 and other CBS affiliates across the country. Dr. Robert Modlin, chief of dermatology and a professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Laura Marinelli, a UCLA postdoctoral researcher in Modlin's laboratory, were quoted in the coverage.
Thousands Participate in UCLA Volunteer Day
KNX-1070 AM reported today on UCLA’s fourth annual Volunteer Day, in which 6,500 new freshmen and transfer students, along with some 600 staff, faculty, alumni and upperclassmen, volunteered for community service projects at 50 locations throughout Los Angeles. KNX also aired an interview with Chancellor Gene Block about Volunteer Day.
Weekend 405 Closure Looms
UCLA was highlighted Sunday, Monday and today in KNX-1070 AM, KTLA-Channel 5, KTTV-Channel 11, Los Angeles Daily News, CBS News.com, Associated Press, NBC News.com, Huffington Post, New York Newsday and New York Times coverage of the coming weekend closure of the 405 freeway. Shannon O'Kelley, chief operating officer for the UCLA Health System, and Martin Wachs, distinguished professor emeritus of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, were quoted in the coverage.
Should I Marry Him?
KTLA-Channel 5, the Baltimore Sun and Canada's The Province reported Monday on research by UCLA psychology doctoral candidate Justin Lavner and Thomas Bradbury and Benjamin Karney, professors of psychology and co-directors of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, showing that when individuals — particularly women — have doubts before their wedding, the misgivings are often a harbinger of marital dissatisfaction and divorce. Lavner was quoted in the coverage.
Operation Mend Helps Wounded Warriors
Saturday's Riverside Press-Enterprise highlighted the work of UCLA's Operation Mend, a partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System that offers free reconstructive surgery for military personnel severely wounded and disfigured during service in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dr. Timothy Miller, professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
Watch Out for Whooping Cough
A blog article in Monday's New York Times about whooping cough featured expert commentary by Dr. James Cherry, professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
‘Rhinoceros’ Triumphs at UCLA
Monday's Los Angeles Times featured a review of a performance of “Rhinoceros,” part of the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) at UCLA's new series. Kristy Edmunds, executive and artistic director of CAP, was cited.
Laurel and Hardy Restoration
Indiewire reports today on efforts by the UCLA Film and Television Archive to raise funds to fully restore approximately 60 shorts and 12 features made by the comedy team Laurel and Hardy between the 1920s and '40s.
Race and College Admissions
An op-ed in the Oct. 1 Weekly Standard cites research by Richard Sander, UCLA professor of law, on affirmative action and law school admissions.
Anthem Health Plan Cuts UCLA Docs
A Denver Post blog reports today that physicians from UCLA and Cedars–Sinai have been eliminated from an Anthem Blue Cross health plan for Los Angeles city workers as part of a cost-cutting effort.
Anderson Forecast: Growth to Pick up in 2014
The UCLA Anderson Forecast’s latest quarterly outlook for the U.S. and California economies was highlighted Monday by OC Metro and Saturday by the Redding Record-Searchlight. Forecast senior economists Jerry Nickelsburg and David Shulman were quoted in the coverage.
Alfred Bacher
Bacher, UCLA lecturer in chemistry and biochemistry, was quoted Monday in an Indianapolis Star article about the health risks posed by a chemical fire at a hazardous waste–processing facility.
Patricia Gandara
Gandara, professor of education and co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a Hechinger Report article about the benefits of dual-language immersion programs at elementary schools.
Dr. Linda Rosenstock
Rosenstock, professor of health policy management and dean emeritus at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Sept. 15 in an article in the Lancet about the new preventive care services for women covered under the Affordable Care Act. The recommendations of services to include was made by an Institute of Medicine panel Rosenstock chaired and requires insurance cover several women's preventive health services to be covered without co-payment.
Lynn Vavreck
Vavreck, UCLA associate professor of political science, was quoted Monday in a CNN.com article explaining how previously undecided voters make up their minds about which presidential candidate to vote for and why some previously decided voters switch sides as Election Day nears.
John Villasenor
Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was quoted Thursday in an op-ed in Delaware's News Journal about technology and surveillance.
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